We all know Sam Bradford’s take on what happened Monday Night with Deon Grant:
“They couldn’t get subbed, they couldn’t line up. Someone said, ‘Someone go down, someone go down,’ so someone just went down and grabbed a cramp.”
But until now we haven’t heard from the accused faker – Deon Grant. Here is what he has to say about it:
via the NYT Fifth Down Blog
“Yes, I was, I really was,” Grant said when asked if he was injured. “When I watched the film, you see me bending my knee after I made the tackle. I’m walking, I’m bending my knee at the same time and someone was like “Just go down, D, just go down” and I was like “No, I’m good.”
He said that he saw the Rams hurrying to snap the ball: “I’m like I can’t get to my position, I can’t get off the field so I’m going to have to go down. I’m going to have to go down and that’s what I did.”
And Mathias Kiwanuka added to the situation:
“I don’t see how you can understand what’s going on in somebody’s body. I think that’s a dangerous path to go down. If you start letting referees decide whether a player is hurt or not, that could come back to bite them big time.”
And there lies the problem with the NFL stepping in and potentially removing draft picks to discipline teams who they believe may be faking injuries. Whether you agree or disagree with this account, how in the world can you prove otherwise what happened in someone else’s body?
If the league is going to focus on the health of their players so critically in certain initiatives, how is this so different as to remove draft picks from teams that are suspected of faking an injury?
Seems kindof like a double standard here, and it’s not going to fly. As Kiwi said, the league is not going to go down this road. It’s a dead end.